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May 3, 2012 AT 12:28 pm

3d printed air turbine light

3d printed air turbine light by Margot Krasojevic – YouTube.

The Air Turbine Light

This 3d printed light acts as a vertical axis wind turbine. The form of the light applies aerodynamics in order to behave in a similar way to a propeller, in principal inspired by the Ropatec wind rotor.
The Air Turbine light comprises of the following main components:
– A propeller mounted on a shaft, in this case the outer shell attached to the axis via an rotor arm.
– An Alternator or Generator for producing the electricity when the shaft is rotated, in this instance a dynamo which lights the LED.
The body of the light is attached to a vertical axis which turns a diode rotor that transforms the movement into light.
The 3d printed shell traps wind which rotates the axis in turn generating and transforming this energy into light.

The digital model simulates the dynamic qualities of the design by working out and applying the physics of wind speeds and direction which has influenced the design and the aerodynamics of the form. I have uploaded a video of the piece spinning in the wind.

The material used in this case is a white ceramic. This material is lightweight yet strong enough to be turned by wind.


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